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California's County and Regional Parks



County of Orange - Harbors, Beaches & Parks-
East Bay Regional Park District- Picnic, hike, camp, fish, ride a bike, ride a horse, and explore nature at a Regional Park in the San Francisco East Bay area.
Los Angeles County Regional Parks & Natural Areas- Since 1944, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation has been meeting the diverse needs of not only residents but visitors from all over the world.
Monterey County Parks- The Monterey County Parks Department is dedicated to providing quality recreational facilities for everyone that visits the parks.
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District- In the 30 years since its inception, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District has acquired over 20,000 acres of parklands and open space. Residents and visitors alike benefit from the spectacular natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.
Sacramento County Parks- Sacramento County Parks offers a wide range of activities including hiking, cycling, rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, running, fishing, and much more.
San Bernardino County Regional Parks- Whether your idea of outdoor recreation involves a hammock, a fishing pole, an off-highway vehicle, or exploring a ghost town, San Bernardino County Regional Parks has the perfect destination for you.
San Diego County Parks- County Parks and Recreation maintains and enhances the quality of life in San Diego County by providing parks and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
Santa Clara County Parks- Santa Clara County Parks administers the County's parks and recreation programs; operates and maintains 27 diverse developed parks; and works with cities, special park districts, contiguous counties and the State of California to develop complementary park and recreation programs.

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Description - This section includes County and Regional Parks Districts throughout the state. County and Regional Parks offer an easily accessible source of nature and outdoor recreation to many California residents and visitors. In many cases, the parks are located near urban areas, providing a taste of nature and an escape from the cities.

Attractions - California's County and Regional Parks offer a wide range of attractions from large open space preserves to more developed recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, ball fields, archery ranges, equestrian centers, swimming pools, meeting and reception centers ,and golf courses. The parks are as diverse as California's landscape and include beaches, forests, mountains, canyons, deserts, hot springs, lakes, reservoirs, rivers and more.

Recreation - The huge variety of County and Regional Parks offers tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities. Popular activities include swimming, surfing, sunning, wind surfing, and sailing, at county beaches. There are opportunities for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching and touring historic sites.

Climate - Thanks to California's generally mild climate, many recreation areas are accessible year round. Summer temperatures range from 100+ in the desert and Sacramento and Central Valleys, to a cool and often foggy 50 in San Francisco. The mildest weather statewide occurs in fall. Rain begins in late autumn and continues through winter in most areas. Winter brings heavy snow at higher elevations, particularly in the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. Desert areas remain warm and coastal areas often experience mild temperatures during winter months.

Location - County and Regional Parks are found throughout the state of California. Maps are available on the individual pages describing each park and activity.


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California - California is an outdoor recreation paradise. The state's size and tremendous diversity create an array of outdoor recreation opportunities that may be unmatched in North America.

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